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President visits Duminda in hospital

President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited MP Duminda Silva at the Sri Jayawardenapura hospital a short while ago. Several government officials also accompanied the President, sources at the hospital told The Sunday Leader. Silva is receiving treatment for the gunshot wounds he sustained during the shooting incident in which Presidential advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed.

MR makes pitch for Hambantota

President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a strong pitch for port city Hambantota to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games, for which Australia`s Gold Coast is also in the fray. Rajapaksa made a brief speech at the Sports Breakfast organised here on the sidelines of the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and said that winning the [...]

Death threat to Sunday Leader Editor

The Editor of The Sunday Leader Frederica Jansz has been issued with a death threat in a letter posted to her residential address yesterday. The letter handwritten in Sinhalese mentions the White Flag case and threatens Ms. Jansz for the evidence she had given in the hearings so far. A complaint has been lodged with [...]

CHOGM 2011 opens in Perth

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2011 opened in Perth, Australia a short while ago. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is among the Commonwealth leaders attending the meeting. WATCH LIVE: http://australianetwork.com/video/vid/auv_live_chogm.htm                    

CEB losses at Rs. 29 billion in 2011

Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka says that the losses of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) estimated for this year is Rs. 29 billion and that there was a likelihood of the amount increasing further due to the increase in thermal power generation. Ranawaka told The Sunday Leader that although the CEB has streamlined its [...]

Ban insists on accountability, dialogue

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated the importance of dealing with accountability issues as Sri Lanka continues to work towards national reconciliation following its long-running civil war. Mr. Ban stressed the point during a meeting at United Nations Headquarters with Mahinda Samarasinghe, the Special Envoy of the President of Sri Lanka on Human Rights yesterday, [...]

UNP WC to discuss suspension

The suspension of the party membership of UNP parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana and Western Provincial Councillor Shiral Lakthileka are to be taken up at the UNP’s Working Committee meeting scheduled for tomorrow (27). The Working Committee is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the party headquarters Sirikotha. UNP sources told The Sunday Leader that [...]

Rudd says CHOGM in Lanka still on

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has signalled that the next Commonwealth leaders’ meeting will go ahead in Sri Lanka, despite concerns over human rights abuses. But he says individual member states will make their own calls on whether to attend, the Australian media reported.   In Perth on Wednesday for the Commonwealth Heads of Government [...]

Mervyn elected by the people says Gota

Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says that despite accusations being made against Minister Mervyn Silva, one should keep in mind that he was elected by the people to parliament. In a live interview over ITN late this evening, Rajapaksa also dismissed accusations that he had close ties with MP Duminda Silva who was allegedly involved in [...]

Prisoners protest in Batticaloa

Over 40 inmates of the Batticaloa prison began a protest on top of the prison complex this evening. The prisoners are demanding an investigation over the death of an inmate at the prison recently. Prison officials said that an investigation has already been launched.

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